It doesn’t matter where you live or who you are, stress problems are peaking during the pandemic. The agony of worry creeps into your sleep, waking you at all hours. It lingers in the back of your mind as you move through your day. Sometimes you think it’s better; then you realize the discomfort in your shoulders or lower back. We hold stress not in our minds but likewise in our body. stress problems

Stress Problems In Children

Stress problems are not unfamiliar; we’re better in tune with the notion because it’s all over the news. You’ve likely seen the reports of school children having stress. Parents, singles, and grandparents are more open to talk about stress in their lives. Teens and grade schoolers interviewed talk about losing sleep, feeling sad, or isolated, currently. It’s hard to ignore our own stress. 

The Hidden Killer

anxiety and depression conceptOften stress hides. We move through our day on automatic, not thinking about stress. Turning thoughts off to relax and sleep can be tough as our thoughts stream like a movie being played. You feel a tightness in your low back for no reason other than your mind racing. Trying to sit still in your recliner seems impossible; laying in bed isn’t comfortable for long. Then there’s restless leg. 

Anxiety shows up as worry, making you feel hopeless or a sense of urgency, but we know that beneath it all is fear born from stress. We become numb after a time to the effects unless we realize how we feel both physically and mentally. Then it’s like a flood-gate. 

Anxiety shows up as worry, making you feel hopeless or a sense of urgency, but we know that beneath it all is fear born from stress. We become numb after a time to the effects unless we realize how we feel both physically and mentally. Then it’s like a flood-gate. 

When Anxiety Gets Worse

kids and anxietyAs the flood releases, we don’t feel better! It’s worse when our stress problems escalate feeling panic. No, you’re not losing it. No, you’re not crazy; this is how stress builds until you to have actual physical problems. Today it might be low back tension and tomorrow it’s low back pain. Then again, maybe your stress problems never cause panic or anxiety. You could feel isolation or sad. Our worries and anxiousness about events in life cause insomnia. 

Where is your stress hiding? 

Overcoming Stress Problems

Overcoming stress is not always easy. We can’t say, “I think I’ll mediate or take time off from being a parent or working.” 

Stress is normal and is good for us in a small dose. It makes us more resilient. When stress is severe or chronic, deal with right away. You may suffer a job loss or dissolving a relationship. 

overcoming stress conceptChronic stress problems have a significant impact on your brain, putting you at risk of physical and psychological issues. 

Repeated stress leads to unrelenting inflammation in your body. Chronic stress leads to diseases like diabetes and heart problems. Your brain is protected from inflammatory proteins by the blood-brain barrier, but the wall becomes leaky in repeated stress. 

Critical to learning and memory, the hippocampus is particularly vulnerable. When inflammation attacks the hippocampus, the result is a lack of motivation, and you lose mental agility. 

I’m all for holistic approaches. The UK Government Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing has recommended evidenced-based ways to mental wellbeing.

Overcoming stress problems naturally involves four commitments to your over-all well-being. 

Exercise benefits against chronic stress inflammation. In addition, exercise increases the production of new brain cells called neurogenesis. Daily fitness improves your mood, your cognition, and your physical health.

happy conceptIt’s hard currently to be social with friends and family however, reducing stress involves connecting with people around you. Being with others even through Zoom relaxing and interacting with friends and family will distract you and help reduce the feelings of Stress.

Want to increase your cognitive reserve, education or learning new things gives you a stockpile of thinking abilities, which provides some protection when we have negative life events. Learning helps you decrease depression and lack of focus. 

I mentioned meditation earlier and honestly it and mindfulness allow us to take notice and be curious of the world and spend time in the moment. Five minutes once a day is a splendid start. Increase your time to what works for you. Take walks and enjoy being present with nature or notice your breathing—this is mediation. Every time your mind wonders gently remind it to focus on your breath. 

Doing charitable work gives us a confidence and pride both reduce our stress problems

Of course, I’m going to recommend acupuncture. Over 80% of my patients share they have stress and that it keeps them up at night, causes digestion issues, or affects their pain.

Stress problems affect everyone leading to illness and disease, but you can reverse the issue by following the six steps in this article.

 

 

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